Submission Number: MBTL-SEPA-DEIS-0002159 

Received: 6/7/2016 6:44:43 PM
Commenter: Conrad Damori
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Agency: Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology
Initiative: Millennium Bulk-Terminals Longview SEPA DEIS
Attachments: No Attachments
Submission Text
I’ve been following this issue, and am glad to have the chance to weigh in. Media coverage would have us believe that transporting coal by rail through our state is unprecedented, it’s not. We’ve transported coal through our state for many decades. The objections about coal dust are coming from squeaky wheel environmentalists speaking on personal conviction rather than scientific fact. An overwhelming majority of the state supports coal exports if they meet environmental requirements, and I do too. Local, state and federal regulators should consider that Washington can have BOTH economic growth and a healthy environment. It is clear to me, Millennium Bulk Terminals has a project that will have long-term positive impacts on local and regional economies in Washington. Millennium has maintained and presented ongoing efforts to uphold the current environmental regulations set for its project in Longview. I have good faith and trust this will continue and the company should be allowed to move forward without further delay. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to comment.